The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Sharon Bar-Li, will lead discussions on the usefulness, utilization and innovations to advance and transform Ghana’s agriculture.
The Ambassador who is due to speak in one of the seminar sessions of the 4th National Food and Agricultural Show (FAGRO), scheduled for August 23-25, 2012 at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra will focus on spreading Israeli technologies that will improve food production, increase Ghana’s agricultural output and fulfill the Ghanaian right to food.
Israel is a world leader in agricultural research and development; this has led to dramatic increases in the quantity and quality of the country’s crops.
The drive to increase yields and crop quality has led to the development of new seed and plant varieties.
A statement issued by the organizers of the show quoted the ambassador as saying that, with an increasing population, Ghana was faced with the challenge of satisfying rapidly growing food demand.
She said the recent global food, fuel and financial crisis have demonstrated the need for Ghana to fully utilize technology to address its food needs.
“It is possible to increase food production in Ghana that represents the basis of the country’s food security system; adopting new and improved crop and food management practices can increase food production substantially,” she said.
Madam Bar-Li said: “Technology is always for the people, by the people, of the people; Israel is committed to introduce economically viable and socially acceptable technology to Ghanaian farmers”.
FAGRO Chairman and Executive Head of Retail Banking of ADB, Sulley Adam said, other speakers drawn from civil, government and non-profit organizations such as GIZ, ADB, Africa Lead, Embrampa and the African Aurora Business Network would highlight on the theme of the event, ‘Linking farmers to the appropriate market: a value chain process’.
The speakers he said would also discuss issues of women participation in agric, farmers’ access to funds, fertilizer accessibility and efficient use, the role of farming organizations in linking farmers’ to markets.
He said FAGRO hopes to use the seminar series to strengthen and deepen Ghana’s existing relation with Israel and other development partners and find areas of further collaboration and support.
Source: The Ghanaian Times